Privacy Policy

1. WEBSITE USERS

Arch Firms, LLC (the “COMPANY”) digital assets, including the Company’s websites, are controlled and operated in whole or in part by the COMPANY from its offices within the United States. The COMPANY makes no representation that these materials are appropriate or available for use outside the territory of the US. Users outside of the US who access the COMPANY website do so at their own risk and are responsible for compliance with applicable local laws. The COMPANY reserves the right in its sole discretion to refuse or terminate access to its website at any time.

The COMPANY reserves the right to modify these Terms of Use at any time. Your continued use of the website shall be deemed to be your acceptance of any modified Terms of Use. If any future change is unacceptable to you, you should discontinue using the website.

The website located at “www.architecturefirms.com” is owned by COMPANY, which owns (or licenses) all the wallpaper, characters, artwork, icons, graphics, music, text, and other content on the site, unless otherwise indicated (“Content”), and all HTML, CGI, and other code and scripts in any format used to implement the site (“Code”). You may not copy, modify, upload, download, transmit, (re)publish, or otherwise distribute any Code or Content from these sites except as expressly permitted by these rules and the instructions for each section of any portion of the website.

You may not modify or use the Content or Code you receive from these sites for any purpose other than those permitted, and doing so will violate COMPANY’s proprietary rights. COMPANY performance of this agreement is subject to existing laws and legal process and nothing contained in this agreement is in derogation of COMPANY’s right to comply with law enforcement requests or requirements relating to the user’s use of these sites or information provided to or gathered by COMPANY with respect to such use.

2. NON-ENDORSEMENT

The COMPANY does not sponsor or endorse any enterprise whether public or private, operated for profit. Further, no COMPANY officer, director, committee member, or employee or any of its component organizations in his or her official capacity is permitted to approve, sponsor, endorse, or do anything that may be deemed or construed to be an approval, sponsorship, or endorsement of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

3. ACCEPTANCE OF TERMS OF USE

You acknowledge you have read and agree to be bound by the Company’s Terms of Use and to comply with all applicable laws and regulations. You further agree to comply with all local laws, regulations, and rules regarding online conduct and acceptable website/internet content. You represent you have the legal authority to accept the Company’s Terms of Use on behalf of yourself or any party you represent.  If you do not agree to the Company’s Terms of Use, please discontinue use of the COMPANY website.  In the event of any conflict between the Company’s Terms of Use and the provisions contained within this Privacy Policy, the terms contained with the Terms of Use shall override and dictate the relevant provisions between the parties.

4. CONTENT

The following terms apply to areas of the COMPANY website that allow third party users to post content (“Content”).

As stated in the Terms of Use, the COMPANY does not prescreen Content. The COMPANY retains the rights, but not the responsibility, to edit or remove any Content and/or terminate your account for any reason in its sole discretion.

Do not post any content that violates any applicable local, state, national, or international law. Do not post any content, or take any action, that is designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment, or to interfere with or disrupt the website or services connected to the website.

Your Content is not confidential or proprietary. You grant to the COMPANY a non-exclusive, non-revocable, worldwide, perpetual right to use your Content in any manner or media now or later known without limitation including but not limited to the right to sublicense and assign and commercialize without any compensation due to you.

You are responsible for ensuring that any Content that you post does not, and will not violate third party rights of any kind. You warrant and represent that you own or control all rights, or have obtained the necessary permissions from the owner of such rights, in any Content that you post to any of the Company’s websites.

You acknowledge and agree that the COMPANY does not have any obligation to review Content, that the COMPANY is not in any manner responsible for Content, that the COMPANY does not guarantee the accuracy, integrity or quality of Content, and that the COMPANY cannot ensure that harmful, inaccurate, deceptive, offensive, threatening, defamatory, unlawful or otherwise objectionable Content will not appear on the website. You also acknowledge that by providing you with the ability to access, view and/or post Content on the website, the COMPANY is merely acting as a passive conduit for such distribution and is not undertaking any obligation or liability relating to any Content or activities of users on the website.

5. DIGITAL MILLENNIUM COPYRIGHT ACT

If you are a copyright owner or an agent thereof and believe that any user submission or other content infringes upon your copyrights, you may submit a notification pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”).

If you believe that your submission that was removed (or to which access was disabled) is not infringing, or that you have the authorization from the copyright owner, the copyright owner’s agent, or pursuant to the law, to post and use the content in your user submission, you may send a counter-notice to the COMPANY.

If a counter-notice is received by the COMPANY, the COMPANY may send a copy of the counter-notice to the original complaining party informing that person that it may replace the removed content or cease disabling it in 10 business days. Unless the copyright owner files an action seeking a court order against the content provider, member or user, the removed content may be replaced, or access to it restored, in 10 to 14 business days or more after receipt of the counter-notice, at the COMPANY’s sole discretion.

6. DISCLAIMERS

THE CONTENT, CODE, ACCESS, AND OTHER FEATURES OF THE COMPANY’S SITES ARE PROVIDED “AS IS” AND WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, WARRANTIES OF ACCURACY, RELIABILITY, MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND/OR NON-INFRINGEMENT. THE COMPANY DOES NOT WARRANT THAT ANY SUCH FEATURES WILL OPERATE IN AN UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE FASHION, THAT DEFECTS WILL BE CORRECTED, OR THAT THESE SITES OR THE SERVER ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS.IN NO EVENT SHALL THE COMPANY BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION LOST PROFITS AND COST OF PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE PRODUCTS, ARISING OUT OF YOUR USE OR INABILITY TO USE ANY CONTENT OR FEATURES, OR YOUR FAILURE TO ACCESS OR CLICK-THROUGH ACCESS ANY CONTENT OR FEATURES, EVEN IF THE COMPANY HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.THE COMPANY SHALL HAVE NO LIABILITY FOR ANY CLAIMS BROUGHT BY THE OWNERS OF CONTENT OR SITES ACCESSED THROUGH CLICK-THRU ACCESS BASED ON YOUR INAPPROPRIATE OR UNPERMITTED ACCESS OF SUCH CONTENT OR SITES. YOU HEREBY AGREE TO INDEMNIFY THE COMPANY FOR SUCH CLAIMS IF BROUGHT AGAINST THE COMPANY IF YOU USED THIS SITE FOR SUCH INAPPROPRIATE OR UNPERMITTED ACCESS.

7. APPLICABLE LAW

This agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Maryland without giving effect to any principles of conflicts of law. Those who choose to access any site of the COMPANY from other locations do so on their own initiative and are responsible for compliance with local laws, if and to the extent local laws are applicable.

The United States controls the export of any software downloadable from this website. No software or any other materials associated with the COMPANY website may be downloaded or otherwise exported or re-exported to countries or persons prohibited under export control laws, including but not limited to countries against which the United States has embargoed goods, or to anyone on the U.S. Treasury Department list of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons or the U.S. Commerce Department’s Table of Deny Orders. You are responsible for compliance with the laws of your local jurisdiction regarding the import, export, or re-export of any such materials. By using and/or downloading any such materials from the COMPANY website, you represent and warrant that you are no located in, under the control of, or a national or resident of any such country to which such import, export, or re-export is prohibited or are not a person or entity to which such export is prohibited.

If any provision of this agreement shall be unlawful, void, or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed severable from this agreement and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions.

It is important to the COMPANY that its data collection methods and use are transparent to its members, customers, and visitors to all COMPANY web properties. If there are additional questions please contact COMPANY using contact information contained within this document.

8. OVERVIEW

The COMPANY maintains a centralized database that houses data about all of its members, past members, prospect members, product customers, and companies within the built community. In addition to the COMPANY’S web properties being used nationwide, the state and local of various web properties provide access to a centralized database for member and customer transactions and communications. All COMPANY users of the centralized database system are required to adhere to the rules outlined in this policy and must sign a terms of use agreement prior to obtaining access.

Member and customer privacy is important to the COMPANY and this policy is to inform COMPANY members and customers how their data is used and to provide direction for opting out of the online services and communications (electronic and paper) offered to members and customers from COMPANY.

9. DATA COLLECTION

Members and customers can register with COMPANY online. Registration is required to obtain any product or service (tangible or virtual) offered by the COMPANY. Some products and services also require COMPANY membership. In all cases registration requires that a valid mailing address be submitted to appropriately fulfill a product or service request. Online registration requires a valid email be provided because an online profile is created during the registration process.

Occasionally the COMPANY will ask for additional demographics such as race, age, sex, birth date, architectural license number, education, and employment status as a part of its diversity and inclusion initiatives and commitment. This information is for internal use only and is not required by a registrant at any time. It is not shared with any outside vendors, partners, or online services.

10. USE OF INFORMATION

The COMPANY communicates to its members and customers electronically and through bulk mail advertisements. Your data is used according to your relationship to the COMPANY. A description of the different relationship types is below.

Nonmember Customer Data – Nonmember customer data obtained through online or storefront (paper) registration and sales is for internal COMPANY purposes only and is not shared or sold to vendors for bulk mail solicitations. It is used to solicit feedback on the product or service purchased and to inform customer of new products and services available for sale. It is also used for market research within the National Component.

Member Data – Member data is obtained through COMPANY’s online registration or through paper applications submitted for membership. Member names and addresses can be sold to vendors for bulk mail solicitations. COMPANY does not sell email addresses, telephone numbers, and additional demographic information.

The COMPANY has several advantage partners who have access to membership lists for promotional mailings. Email addresses, telephone numbers, and other demographic data are not made available to our advantage partners.

There are several external databases in addition to the centralized database management system that provide services for our members to use as a part of their COMPANY membership. A description of the systems and the data that is shared with each system is below

The COMPANY website is an online database for use by the general public to search for architects within a geographical area. Members have the option of having their company information in its online directory.

Commitment to Data Security – To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the correct use of information, the COMPANY has implemented the appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online and by paper.

11. WEB BROWSING PRACTICES

Logging Practices – The site logs of the COMPANY generate certain kinds of non-identifying site usage data, such as the number of hits and visits to our sites. This information is used for internal purposes by technical support staff to provide better services to the public and may also be provided to others, but again, the statistics contain no personal information and cannot be used to gather such information. The COMPANY is also logging some specific technical information generated by our content server which is used for troubleshooting server functionality. Site information is used to confirm participation in the COMPANY programs and may be used to advise participants of the numbers of visitors who come to our site from their sites. No personal information is collected.

The COMPANY’s Web servers automatically record domain names of the Web sites of visitors to our sites. The domain name is a web address registered for every Web site on the Internet. We record the domain names of the sites that users visited immediately prior to the COMPANY websites. The Web servers keep track of the pages visited on the COMPANY websites and the amount of time spent on those pages. COMPANY only uses this information for statistical purposes, to find out which pages users find most useful and to improve the website.

Cookies – Our Web sites are not set up to track, collect or distribute personal information not entered by visitors. A cookie is a small amount of data that is sent to your browser from a Web server and stored on your computer’s hard drive. The COMPANY uses non-identifying cookies to provide easier site navigation and access to forms. Cookies used by the COMPANY are session based and therefore only last for the duration of the user’s session. Cookies created by the COMPANY are stored on the COMPANY’s server and not on user’s browser. The cookie is used to keep user ID generated by the server after user sign in to the system. You can still use COMPANY sites if your browser is set to reject cookies. Our cookies do not generate personal data, do not read personal data from your machine and are never tied to anything that could be used to identify you.

The COMPANY also uses cookies, through Google Adwords Remarketing functionality, to show you our ads on sites across the internet. If you choose, you may opt out of customized Google Display Network ads by visiting the Ads Preferences Manager.

External Links Disclaimer – COMPANY provides links from our Web pages to external Web sites because they provide information that may interest our customers. This is provided as a convenience only. External links do not constitute an endorsement by the COMPANY of the opinions, products, or services presented on the external site, or of any sites linked to it. COMPANY is not responsible for the legality or accuracy of information on externally linked sites, or for any costs incurred while using externally linked sites.

External links are intended to support the COMPANY’s mission. They are not intended to support private or commercial organizations or businesses. Links to .org, .gov, .edu, .mil or other non-profit sites that share architectural interests inherent to the COMPANY’s mission are encouraged because of their general non-commercial, public-interest nature. Links to .com, .net, and other commercial domains are acceptable if supportive of customers’ needs and relevant to the COMPANY’s mission. Links to external web sites may be removed if the websites lobby or solicit the COMPANY organization on positions of fiscal or political nature, or if they receive funds or revenue for volume of traffic delivered from COMPANY to the external site where the site is not an official partner of COMPANY.

The COMPANY reserves the right to review links and add or remove links at any time for any reason consistent with the COMPANY’s Terms of Use.

When you link to an outside website, including the social networking sites, you are leaving the COMPANY’s website and the COMPANY’s information management policies no longer apply.  The COMPANY encourages you to read the privacy statement of each and every website that you visit before you provide any personal information.

Social Networking Sites and Applications – It is important to note that the COMPANY also links to other third-party sites and applications (e.g, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube). These sites and applications may not follow the same privacy policies as the COMPANY. For instance, these sites and applications may use cookies, collect data, and use the data in ways that the COMPANY would not. The COMPANY is not responsible for the privacy practices on these other sites.

Virus Protection – We use virus protection software on our computer systems and regularly update the software. This is a computer security measure that, in addition to maintaining our computer systems, also ensures that all files that we develop and/or post on our web servers are virus-free. When you request a file for download from our site, it is possible, though unlikely, that the data may contract a virus and become corrupted before it reaches your computer. The COMPANY is not responsible for files that may become corrupted as the data travels the Internet.

Security – For site security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, the COMPANY computer system employs software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage. Anyone using this system expressly consents to such monitoring and is advised that if such monitoring reveals evidence of possible abuse or criminal activity, such evidence may be provided to appropriate law enforcement officials. Unauthorized attempts to upload or change information on this server are strictly prohibited and may be punishable by law, including the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act of 1996.

HOW TO CONTACT US

E-mail – Support@architecturefirms.com

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